S: Aliyah 2009
FC: Aliyah 2009
1: We read a lot of books. I really love that you read the ones you know to your brother. Our favorite right now is "Brown Bear, Brown Bear." You can read it all be yourself.!
2: Aliyah's New Room | After we remodeled the house, you got to have the big bedroom. You picked out your comforter and curtains. We found some wall decals and cut them into the letters of your name, flowers, and butterflies. When we got all done you said, "O.K. but that's not how you spell my name.!"
6: "Families are like fudge ... mostly sweet with a few nuts." | Spending time at Papa and Grammy's is one of our favorite things. Whether you're helping Grammy cook, wrestling with Papa, practicing piano or playing games with them, we always have fun!
7: MAKING MEMORIES
8: LITTLE BROTHER
9: Big Sister
10: Things I Love about Aliyah The way you create art out of everything you see. The way you help me and take care of your little brother. | The way you love to play games. The way you love your Daddy. | The way you're the only person who can make Alex laugh his hardest.
11: The way you sleep in crazy positions like upside-down over the edge of your bed. | The way you ask so many questions and help come up with good answers. | The way you love to sing. | Your fashion sense and how you always want to be dressed up.
13: This year we started a new tradition. We go to White Bird for the Easter Egg Hunt; then stay to color eggs with Grandma Gloria. It was Alex's first Easter so we left plastic eggs out for the Easter Bunny to hide for him!
14: Fun at the Pool!
15: Even though it wasn't warm enough for the city pool to be open. We got in some swimming at the Super 8.
17: On your 5th birthday, we had a cupcake theme. We made you a huge cupcake cake and lots of regular cupcakes to go around it. You chose to dye the batter pink and purple so that the inside of the cakes were colored too! It took us 3 tries to make the big cupcake cake because it kept crumbling when we took it out of the pan!
18: For your 5th Birthday, we invited everyone to the Mexican Restaurant; then over to our house for cake, ice cream and presents. Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle Jake, Aunt Ashley, Papa, Grammy, Uncle Clay and Aunt Dana all came to help you celebrate.
19: Grandma at the Ocean: Shadow book Ma & Jim: $10.00 Grandma & Grandpa: clothes and a Barbie Uncle Joe: Barbie Jeep Uncle Jake & Aunt Ashley: Princess Paper Dolls Robert: Marley & Me Movie Papa & Grammy: Outside golf game Uncle CLay & Aunt Dana: Horse and Barn Set Dad, Tesse, & Alex: Pink Cowgirl Boots
20: MAKE A WISH
21: On your birthday, Alex got to have cake & ice cream for the first time! Thanks Sissy!
22: This was the fist day it was nive enough to play at the park. You were trying to learn how to pump yourself on the swings!
23: Climb, Crawl, Play!
25: You are so creative! Whether it's Play-dough, paint, color crayons, or blocks, you create a masterpiece. you love any activity that challenges your imagination! I appreciate how you let your little brother "help" with your projects.
26: Playing at Grandma Gloria's
27: spring is in the air | springtime
28: For Mother's Day we went to White Bird to see Grandma Gloria. You got to give her the present you made (you painted flower pots and planted seeds in them for Grammy T, Grandma Gloria, and your Mom), and play outside with Grandpa. Then we went to Susie and Dion's house for desserts. All of the Groom relatives were there, and Clay gave you rides on Cory, Dion's horse.
29: it's always spring in a mother's heart
30: White Bird days 2009
34: GO TEAM | BASEBALL | You enjoyed baseball so much more this year! We had fun watching you have more confidence and determination.
37: One of our favorite summer activities is to go boating! Aunt Ashley and Uncle Jake came with us to Dworshak. We also went to the Snake River where we saw mountain goats along the shore.
38: 4th of July
42: Alex's 1st Birthday
43: You were such a big help for Alex's first birthday. You helped me make his cake by cutting stars out of fruit roll-ups with a cookie cutter. On his birthday he was more interested in eating snacks than opening his presents. You and I had to open all of them for him. Then you helped Alex and Layla get all of the toys out and play with them. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALEX!
44: Aliyah's First Lost Tooth
45: The first tooth you lost was on top. The dentist had to pull it because it was chipped. But the first tooth you lost on your own was the bottom one. You lost it on August 18th. We noticed it was loose last Thursday night while we were brushing your teeth. Tonight at dinner you bit down on your food and hurt it and made it bleed. After you held some ice on it for awhile, you just pulled it right out by yourself! You put it under your pillow and the tooth fairy brought you a dollar!
47: We had a blast at the Idaho County Fair this year! We met Brooke, Justin, and Shelly there. I gave you and Brooke a camera to take pictures with. Only the three above turned out. We also watched the talent show that Grammy is in charge of. You practiced modeling on stage when it was over. Alex got bitten by a chicken because he put his fingers in its' cage!
48: Camping at Winchester 2009 | This year we went camping with Jessie and Brian at Winchester. The boys did a lot of fishing on Dad's boat and the girls (+ Alex) took a lot of walks and hung out at camp.
49: The longest game of UNO ever!!
52: School PIctures
54: Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn. ~Elizabeth Lawrence
55: We spent a beautiful fall day playing outside. | We spent a beautiful fall day playing outside
57: Trick or Treat! | This year you were a fairy princess and Alex was a Jack o' lantern. It was the first year we did Trick or Trunk at the courthouse. You both had more fun playing with your treat buckets than actually Trick or Treating. | Halloween 2009
58: Kindergarten Feast
60: Family Game Night Monopoly
61: You both love to play in our laundry baskets. Sometimes it is hard to get the clothes folded before you guys jump on top of them!
62: Aliyah's Favorite Things
63: You are always asking to borrow my camera to take pictures of your favorite toy of the week. Some of them turn out a little blurry, but I just chalk that up to your budding artistic ability.
65: Holiday Memories Warm Even The Coldest Of Days
66: Dear Santa, I want one of everything
67: We had so much fun getting ready for Christmas this year. We put up the tree, went to the kids sale so you could buy presents, saw Santa at Oscar's, and we noticed the waterfall had frozen on top. The water was still flowing underneath.
68: Have a Holly Jolly Christmas
69: We had a wonderful Christmas this year. We spent Christmas Eve with Grandma Gloria & Grandpa Eloy. Ashley &Jake are very close to having their baby girl. Santa brought you a guitar. Grammy made you a pink stick horse, and you got to spend Christmas Day with us at Grammy & Papa's. We all had so much fun playing games there too!